There are a set of things that I do everyday to make the clutter and chaos at my household manageable (remember, I have an almost 3-year-old running around). I would love to have a house that could remain clean at all times, but who has that? And, sometimes, a little clutter is inviting, I think. It shows people that you are not going to lose it if they get mud on your floor or accidentally sit a glass on the table without a coaster. But, overall, I like to have an almost tidy house!
These are the things that I do on a daily basis that help keep things organized and in place…
#1 – Always make up the beds in the morning!
If I had a golden organization rule in my household, this would be it! My mother was a huge stickler on making up the beds in the morning and not getting back in them until bedtime. So, I guess she passed down that rule to me. I feel that if my bed is a wreck, then so is the rest of the room. If the entire room is organized and put together, but the bed isn’t made, then it still looks like a mess to me.
#2 – Always take something with you to put away when you leave a room!
I think this is something I have done for awhile, but I never really realized it until recently. Anytime I leave one room to go to another, I take something with me. It could be as small as a piece of paper that needs to be thrown away, but I do it. You would be shocked at how much stuff would be put away by the end of the day if you tried this method. I like to take this approach because it takes little effort and doesn’t take up half of your day. If you are going to a certain place anyways, then you are saving tons of time.
#3 – The kitchen counter must be clear of mess and piles of papers!
Every morning, my daughter’s playroom starts out looking like the picture above. Everything is put in its place and there isn’t anything on the floor. But, when she gets in there after daycare, it is a different story. She doesn’t like her books to be on the shelf, so she will pull them all into the floor. That doesn’t mean she is going to play with them, but they MUST be on the floor (she thinks). Next, the kitchen food and dolls come out and she keeps going and going and going. So, before we go to bed at night, we all three get in there and straighten it up. She can’t go to bed unless her playroom is in order. It may be a little harsh, but I think she needs to learn about cleaning and organizing early on.
My daughter’s bathroom.
When I get dressed in the morning, I pull out a lot of stuff. I have to use a blow dryer, straightener, brush, makeup, contact solution, a heater (if it is cold) or a fan (if it is hot), and the list goes on and on. So, before I leave for work, I force myself to clean up this area. If I get something out, then I can put it back up. We must do as we teach, right?!?!